Cudmore Show 14th & 15th July 2012
The Great Northern Fishing Fishing Show held at Cudmore Fisheries was hailed a big success for Lymm AC when we attended the 2 day event on 14th and 15th July. Staged as the biggest event in the angling calendar with an anticipated 10,000 visitors who came to see all the big names in fishing from all aspects of the sport.
Press & PR manager Andy Atack work tirelessly in preparation for the event and arranged for the club to have a prime spot along the main route leading up the pool that was hosting the main event ensuring all the visitors walked past our stand.
Highlight of the event for me and Adam was meeting angling legend Mick Brown who kindly gave us a good twenty minutes of his time whilst taking part in the Catfish competition on one of the pools. Suffice to say that Sir Michael lived up to his reputation of being a true gentleman and entertained us with a number of amusing tales from his riverbank!!
The full story on the weekends adventure can be read on the clubs Blog here but suffice to say it was a great event and much hard work and effort by all that came along was duly rewarded with new members and a growing reputation of being the best angling club in the North West!!
River Severn Atcham Barbel Fish-In 23-07-12
A total of 22 anglers and 10 mentors attend the first of two Barbel fish-ins on the clubs River Severn stretch at Atcham. The events are aimed at giving river novices the chance to hook into their first barbel and experience the tremendous fight you get in the flow of a river like the Severn. Each novice is allocated a mentor for the day and the pegs at Atcham are allocated to give them the best chance of a barbel. It’s also a great social event allowing club members the chance to meet up and enjoy a chat over the famous BBQ which is expertly run by Bill Last & Phil Hatton.
The session was introduced by Graeme and Cliff and the message of the day was ‘enjoy it and have fun’. The avid barbel hunters made their way to pre-allocated pegs along with their mentors who every year freely give up their time to help the river newbies.
This year it was decided that the right hand field on the upper stream section was to be host to all the river novices and those who’d fished the Severn before would settle into pegs on the left hand field, this worked very well allowing the organisers to get around and check everyone was OK and more importantly enjoying themselves!!
Also new to this years event was the use of ‘Duffers’ peg 9 which traditionally had nearly always produced for most anglers throughout the season. Bill, having worked hard on the BBQ, was placed in charge of Duffers and after setting his rods up started rotating the peg amongst the newbies, the first of which was Liam and dad Will.
Soon after Duffers started to produce the goods and Liam was delighted to catch his first barbel at around 5lb followed by one for Will and yet another for Liam before they handed over the peg to Bob who’d attended the last three fish-ins without a barbel in the net.
Sadly the forecast of cloud with occasional sunny spells was way off the mark and as the sun beat down on the enthusiastic members it became apparent that a daylight barbel was unlikely happen. Undeterred they continued to fish enthusiastically and waited for the sun to go down hoping the evening session would encourage the barbel to start feeding on all the free offerings that gone in during the afternoon.
As darkness fell it became clear the barbel had switched off but as some anglers resided themselves to a blank session they all agreed it had been a fantastic day out on the river, all the newbies had learned how to target the barbel and all said they’d return to do battle another day. A big thank you to all who attended the fish-in and especially the mentors who freely gave up their time and knowledge to help the new lads who can now go on to enjoy the fantastic sport available in our river stretches.
Although I was pretty much worn out by the two events it’s amazing what a good nights sleep can do for you so fully refreshed I started looking forward to another trip to Daisybank and hopefully a few more barbel on the bank.
River Dane Daisybank 28-07-12
Fully recovered from the barbel fish-in the week before I headed off once again to Daisybank and had a great session. The highlight had to be bumping into IanF whom I had met whilst wandering around the horseshoe trying to tempt a few fish out on the stick and pin. I put Ian onto a good swim which I’d pre-baited earlier and within an hour he was texting me to say he’d caught his first barbel and it was a ‘goodun’
On the way over to see Ian armed with my camera and scales I did wonder if I’d engaged this fish earlier in the morning and lost it when the hook pulled because something big had tried very hard to straighten out the hook!!
I arrived to take the photo and weigh the fish but to say I was delighted when he hauled his first bertie barbel onto the bank from a resting net was an understatement. It was by far one of the biggest I’d seen come out of Daisybank and confirmed my theory that barbel approaching the magic 10lb mark did exist. It weighed in at 9lb 8oz and the smile on Ian’s face says it all.
Ian has since gone on to win the clubs catch of the month competition with said barbel and had the same 42lb cat out of Lymmvale twice so well done matey I’ve obviously taught you well lol.
Here endeth the July chapter in what is turning out to be a great year for me but I have my sights firmly set on River Severn double so as August approached much planning and preparation was a foot in Bobs tackle box!!